The Journal of the California Dental Association is a monthly peer-reviewed publication that welcomes scientific reviews, original research articles and case reports, along with well-written and referenced manuscripts on other topics of interest to dentists. Those topics can be found in the Journal of the California Dental Association Aims and Scope. They include, but are not limited to:
- Translational articles enabling the dentist to effectively incorporate evidence-based oral health research into their clinical practice.
- Evolving treatments in all areas of dentistry such as endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology and radiology, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthetics, pain management, and more.
- Tools, guidelines and best practices for treatment of patients in a dental setting.
- The relevance of public health research to clinical oral health practitioners.
- Discussion of contemporary policy and legislative proposals relevant to dental education, practice and the delivery of dental services.
- Efficacy of medications in the treatment of dental disease.
- New product trends relevant to oral health, such as electronic cigarettes.
- Legal issues and practice management relevant to dental settings.
- History of dentistry and clinical practice.
Journal of the California Dental Association manuscripts can be invited or unsolicited. Solicited manuscripts and all supporting materials are due by the stated deadline in the “Invitation to Submit” email and undergo peer review. Unsolicited manuscripts may be submitted at any time and, if accepted following peer review, are published on a space-available basis.
Manuscripts should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 6,000 words in length. The manuscript must have an abstract of no more than 75 words prefacing an introduction, body and conclusion.
Other requirements are:
- Formal language is expected.
- Third-person pronouns should be used.
- Recent references from respected sources are expected and adherence to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) reference style is required.
- References must be numbered in order of their appearance within the text — do not duplicate references.
- Titles should be descriptive but reasonable in length.
- Images, charts and graphs must be attached as individual files when submitted to Editorial Manager. Each image must be in JPEG or TIFF format, at least 2.5 inches wide and at least 350 dpi in size. Do NOT embed figures, charts, graphs or tables into a Word document. Do not use any software program to increase the resolution artificially. Charts and graphs should be attached as Excel, Illustrator or Photoshop files. Supply native files; Photoshop and Illustrator files should be layered. Illustrations not adhering to these requirements will be rejected upon receipt and thus may delay the review of your manuscript.
Authors not abiding by these manuscript requirements and the reference requirements listed below can expect their submissions to be edited by the Journal of the California Dental Association staff.
The Journal of the California Dental Association follows the JADA reference style. Relevant information from the JADA author guidelines are provided here for Journal of the California Dental Association authors to follow.
All published references should be cited in the text and numbered consecutively. No references should be cited in the abstract. Each reference should be cited only once; on subsequent citations, the original number should be used. Personal communications and unpublished data should not be numbered, but should be cited in the text as follows: (G. Edmunds, DDS, oral communication, November 2004).
Citations for the following types of references should follow this basic style:
1. Lauterbach M, Martins IP, Castro-Caldas A, et al. Neurological outcomes in children with and without amalgam-related mercury exposure: seven years of longitudinal observations in a randomized trial. J Am Dent Assoc 2008:139(2):138–145.
2. Cohen S, Burns RC. Pathways of the Pulp. 8th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002: 196.
3. Byrne BE, Tibbetts LS. Conscious sedation and agents for the control of anxiety. In: Ciancio SG, ed. ADA Guide to Dental Therapeutics. 3rd ed. Chicago: American Dental Association; 2003: 17–53.
4. Medicine for the public: Women’s health research. Bethesda, Md.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health; 2001. DHHS publication 02-4971.
5. Hoffman ED, Klees BS, Curtis CA. Brief summaries of Medicare & Medicaid. Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act as of November 1, 2007. Baltimore, MD.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary; 2007. www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProgramRatesStats/downloads/MedicareMedicaidSummaries2007.pdf Accessed Aug. 28, 2008.
PUBLICATION IN PRESS
6. McCoy J Alteration in periodontal status as an indicator of general health. J Am Dent Assoc (in press). NOTE: Authors should double check the status of any in-press work cited in their reference lists before submitting the final manuscript.
7. Eichenstadt L, Brenner T. Caries levels among low-income children: report of a three-year study. Paper presented at: 146th Annual Session of the American Dental Association; Oct. 7, 2005; Philadelphia.